Monday, September 3, 2012

The Mag # 133 "Novena" & IGWRT's Open Link Monday

Summer Night, 1913, Albert Bloch
Novena

Between wakefulness and sleep
I wander an incensed path
of no recriminations,
melancholy cradled.

Search for a utopia
with no peaks, no valleys
in which to fall victim.

Somnolently I utter devotions
trusting my sweet Lady
will faithfully deliver

"partially performed"
to our Almighty Father

as I drift off.


by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, September 3, 2012

This is for The Mag #133, photo prompt above - I had a hard time getting a grasp on this one.  I do love a rosary and novena every once in a while, but I do have difficulty staying awake!  I heard once as a little girl that if one truly falls asleep, it "counts".  I'm not certain if good intentions are enough, but I certainly hope so. ;)

This is also linked with Imaginary Garden with Real Toads "Open Link Night".

a little extra for those who are curious (and I thought this was a pretty good short explanation from Wikipedia):

The practice of saying novenas is not explicitly derived from Holy Scripture, but was rather influenced by an early Greek and Roman custom performed by families consisting of nine days of mourning, then followed by a feast after the death of a loved one.[1]
The practice was later adopted by newly converts to the Roman Catholic faith who associated a pious event of the Twelve Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Upper Room as they prayed for nine days until the Holy Spirit descended on the Feast of the Pentecost. In the New Testament, this biblical event is often quoted from Acts of the Apostles, 1:12 - 2:5.

21 comments:

Mary said...

That is an interesting take on this picture. Your poem definitely creates the feeling of drifting off to sleep.... and thanks for the explanation of 'novena.'

Ginny Brannan said...

"Somnolently I utter devotions..."
Love when a word just fits so well, and especially love learning a new word. Beautifully captured as always, Margaret!

Brian Miller said...

partially performed...there is a peace in your words margaret that is very nice as they drift off...interesting on your notes as well...

Karen S. said...

A very lovely poem that sings of heavenly music all around. Very calming.

Daydreamertoo said...

All of this is very interesting. I don't think God would mind if we fell asleep somehow, either.
Intriguing where the prompt pic took you Margaret, but yes, I agree with the others on the peaceful feel of it.

Laurie Kolp said...

What a wonderful take on the picture, Margaret. I'm familiar with novenas but I didn't know they had originated that way. Thanks.

Green Speck said...

I liked the direction this poetry moved ... well done !!!

Kateri said...

Lovely--and I think your poem fits the photo well--slipping into sleep while praying. And how many times have I drifted off to sleep in the middle of a Hail Mary, myself.

Fireblossom said...

Sleepy prayers are still heard, especially with a little help. ;-)

Wayne Pitchko said...

I really like where you went with this....niciely done

Heaven said...

A different take on the prompt Margaret ~ I never thought of uttering devotions and novenas ~

Nice one ~

Mama Zen said...

This is really, really lovely.

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful..perhaps the intent of the heart still speaks when sleep takes you from prayer

Jim said...

Saying prayers is a good way to go to sleep.
Just don't lose your place for when you wake up. :)
..

Dave King said...

This is lovely. I went along with it willingly.

Kutamun said...

A banishing ritual before bedtime is always a great idea, AH365, though i still get myself into trouble at times, i realise they can never kill me, or they too, would die . Thanks for your lovely prayer.

Helen said...

Search for utopia ~~ You may have found it in your blog header photo!!

AmyBird said...

Yeah this is really interesting :) Thanks for learning me 'novenas' too :) Great poem! :D

Tess Kincaid said...

Yes...that lovely zone between wake and sleep...

Herotomost said...

You definitely caught the dream like state that I too see in that painting. I was truly caught up and flowing with the words. Great work.

sreeja harikrishnan said...

this is so different and interesting...really like a beautiful deep silent moment......